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September 2014 Archive

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Openings

The shuttered Top of the Cove, La Jolla’s landmark location with stellar ocean views, is set to be Duke’s in 2015. Named after legendary Duke Kahanamoku, the surf-themed chain with restaurants in Hawaii, Malibu and Huntington Beach, is owned by T. S. Restaurants. Family-friendly Duke’s will revitalize the iconic La Jolla spot, which has been empty since 2006. Duke's will be T.S. Restaurant's second venture in San Diego, as they also own Jake’s Del Mar. Look for Mai Tai’s and mahi mahi in fall 2015. Duke's, 1216 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037, no phone.
 
Bottega Americano in San Diego is a European-style marketplace and chic restaurant Bottega Americano is a European-style marketplace and chic restaurant with five interactive food bars, creative cocktails, gourmet gifts and an epicurean to-go market. The menu honors the culinary traditions of Italy, but also American regional cooking. Think wood-fired pizza, a pasta bar, paninis, a raw bar, salads, salumi, gourmet cheeses and an espresso bar. Executive chef David Warner (formely of JRDN) has partnered with chef Giuseppe Ciuffa and GM Greg Van de Velde (formerly of Mister A's) to create this innovative concept. Designed by Thomas Schoos (Searsucker, Puesto), the 8000-square-foot marketplace is a dynamic and inviting setting where diners experience the sights, sounds and aromas of the kitchen. Snake Oil Cocktail Company has further elevated the scene with clever potables like handcrafted syrups for the coffee bar, coffee-based cocktails and modern versions of classic Italian libations. Bottega Americano resides in the LEED-certified Thomas Jefferson School of Law, across from downtown's new library, and is a glorious step forward for San Diego's culinary scene. Bottega Americano, 1195 Island Ave., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-255-7800.
 

News Bytes

Roast chicken and frites from the Frites Grill menu at Mimi’s Cafe Frites Grill Menu at Mimi's Cafe
Chef Katie Sutton, the head of the culinary team at Mimi’s Cafe restaurants, spent two months in France perfecting her version of the French frite that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The results can now be found on the Frites Grill menu, offering steak frites, grilled salmon & frites, grilled chicken & frites, mussels & frites, and roasted chicken & frites. For more information and locations, visit www.mimiscafe.com
 
Juniper & Ivy team to Open Second Little Italy Eatery
Top Chef All-Stars winner and owner of San Diego hot spot Juniper & Ivy, Richard Blais, has announced he will open a second, more casual eatery in the lot adjacent to his successful restaurant. Blais and Michael Rosen of Juniper Hospitality are partnered on the next Little Italy project. Meanwhile Blais continues to stay in the national spotlight with appearances on Top Chef Boston and the new Food Network show Hungry Games. Juniper & Ivy, 2228 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101, 619-269-9036.
 

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Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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